Since time immemorial, pop culture has overtly sexualized women’s breasts to appeal to men’s sexual desires. But why are men attracted to women’s boobs in the first place? What is it that makes them stimulating and visually appealing? Well, you’re about to find out that it doesn’t start with ogling.
Click our first slide to find out the science behind it all.
10. It’s A Natural Need
It’s natural for men to love boobs. Before you roll your eyes, think about the early stages of infancy. Most doctors tell women to breastfeed their babies and there’s a reason for that. The fascination with boobs starts there and evolves into something we wouldn’t normally correlate with breastfeeding.
Click to slide 9 to find out where the love comes in.
9. It All Starts With Breastfeeding
The fascination with boobs starts with breastfeeding, but why? According to specialists, breastfeeding is an evolutionary “drive” that happens during that powerful bonding phase. But these specialists promise it’s “far from creepy” and it stems from a place of nurture and then naturally evolves.
But what’s the science behind it? You’ll have to click the next slide to find that out.
8. Oxytocin And Dopamine Chemicals Do All The Work
It’s said that as soon as a baby starts suckling on his mother’s breast, it triggers the oxytocin and dopamine chemicals. This focuses the mother and a stronger bond is created. But here’s the real catch — since men obviously aren’t breastfeeding their whole life, that same chemical reaction is replaced and transferred to their lovers.
Where do women come in when it comes to men’s fascination with their boobs? Click to slide 6 for that.
7. How Powerful Are These Chemicals?
How powerful is the dopamine rush from physical intimacy? Whether it’s a baby suckling on his mother’s breast or a man getting intimate with his lover, the rush and ultimate high of dopamine is so powerful that it’s a constant want lingering in the back of the mind. This makes the need for intimacy with boobs consistent.
Now that we know the cause what else does dopamine effect? Check out slide 2 to find out.
6. Women Are Just As Turned On
As it turns out, women are just as turned on by men’s fascination with their boobs when it comes to the actual act. It’s said that men tend to fondle, massage or orally stimulate women’s breasts during intercourse or foreplay. According to a study at the University of Sheffield, 82% of women find this pretty arousing, so it’s a win/win situation.
This intense fascination with boobs isn’t always what it’s cracked up to be. We learned that it can also lead to trouble. You’ll have to wait around for slide 4 for that one.
5. The Bigger The Boobs, The Better
From Hustler mag to Hooters, men are told the bigger the boobs the better, but there’s a scientific fact behind this particular desire. Evolutionary biologists suggest that men are turned on by bigger boobs because it signals to men that a woman is in “good health” when it comes to birthing children. The fuller the boobs, the more storage for healthy fat which comes in handy during the nursing process.
4. Boobs Can Be Tempting In A Dangerous Way
Boobs can be a tempting danger for men. Sometimes the temptation to see breasts leads to bad decision making. One study showed that “some men watched videos of pastoral scenes while others watched videos of attractive women with lots of skin exposed running in slo-mo, “Baywatch” style.” Those that watched the pastoral scenes received a larger sum of money than the Baywatchenthusiasts. Scientists found this to be “a classic delayed gratification” created by intertemporal choice.
What is “intertemporal choice”? Click the next slide to find out.
3. Behind Intertemporal Choices
Intertemporal choice happens when the brain associates reward with its pleasure center. According to scientists, the sites of goal-directed motivation, “were shouting down the reasoning centers of their brains, primarily the pre-frontal cortex. Neurochemicals were activating those reward and motivational circuits to drive men toward taking the short money.”
2. The Chemicals Work Hand In Hand
Oxytocin and dopamine work hand in hand. As we discussed in an earlier slide, it focuses the mother on her child during feeding. But what else? According to scientists, “[It] also helps imprint the newborn’s face, smell, and sounds in the mother’s reward circuitry, making nursing and nurturing a feel-good experience, motivating her to keep doing it.”
1. Men’s Brains Are Rewired During Intercourse
Lastly, when men stimulate breasts, not only does it arouse women but something else happens. The Oxytocin which was stimulated during nursing is rewired and focuses a man’s attention to a partner’s face, smell, and voice.
So, not all fascination with boobs is centered around a sexual predilection. There’s a lot of neat science that goes into it! Think we killed it with this list? Feel free to share.